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St. Patrick Church
Thursday January 24th, 2019
2:00pm - 8:00pm

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St. John UCC - Maeystown
Friday January 25th, 2019

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Wilbert W. "Whip" Hesterberg

Wilbert W. "Whip" Hesterberg, died as a centenarian at his residence on January 17, 2019. He was born on June 24, 1918 near Maeystown, IL.

The son of the late William and Ida (nee Trost) Hesterberg, he was raised on a farm near Maeystown. Mr. Hesterberg is survived by his children Shirley (Allen) Stafford, David (Lauren) Hesterberg, Dean (Charlotte) Hesterberg, and Lynne (Randy) Hicks; son-in-law Miguel Engbring; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; along with nieces; nephews; and cousin Imogene Yarbrough.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Florence (Hoffmann) Hesterberg; daughter Kathleen Engbring; granddaughter, Jamie Lynne Hesterberg; sisters Mildred Laub, Ardell Andres, and Ida Kuergeleis; and brothers Harold, Ralph, and Earl Hesterberg; along with brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; and cousins. 

Wilbert was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of American Legion Post 901 in Valmeyer. He retired after more than 30 years as an employee of A&P Tea Co. in E. St. Louis followed by 15 years as an employee of the Monroe County Nursing Home. He was a lifelong member of the St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown; and he was active throughout most of his life in Maeystown civic and club activities, including the Maeystown Civic Association, Maeystown Volunteer Firefighters, and Maeystown Sportsman's Club. Mr. Hesterberg enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping, and having people guess his age. The recent celebration of his 100th year of life with an open house at Acorns Golf Links was a particularly special day for him.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
St. John UCC - Maeystown
Maeystown Civic Association (Playground Equipment)
or Maeystown Preservation Society (Save the Bridge)

2 PM to 8 PM Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Quernheim Funeral Home
9 AM until time of service Friday at St. John United Church of Christ

10 AM Friday, January 25, 2019 at St. John United Church of Christ in Maeystown, IL
Pastor Patrick Poole officiating
Interment at St. John Cemetery in Maeystown, IL

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We are sending our sincere sympathy to Whip's family. He was the most amazing person and I know you have many beautiful memories to comfort you at this time.

Marvin and Carolyn Henry Jan 24 2019 12:00 AM

A Ray of Sunshine was sent on January 23, 2019

On behalf of Sun Basket MidWest, we are sorry for your loss. It was an honor be a part Whip's 100th birthday, and his loss is felt throughout our company. Our deepest sympathies, Sun Basket MidWest

Expression of Sympathy Jan 23 2019 12:00 AM

A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was ordered on January 23, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jan 23 2019 12:00 AM

Whip - I appreciate getting to know you and your family. You will always be remembered as a genuine man with a great laugh. Thanks for the vacation stories.

Ed Horsch Jan 23 2019 12:00 AM

A FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent on January 22, 2019

We offer our utmost condolences for your great loss. With much sorrow, from your Banterra Bank family. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ..." -Philippians 3: 20

Expression of Sympathy Jan 22 2019 12:00 AM

A GARDEN PATH was ordered on January 20, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jan 20 2019 12:00 AM

A Lanterns was sent on January 20, 2019

Our deepest sympathies .. Love Always, From: Michael, Jamie and Jodie Whelan

Expression of Sympathy Jan 20 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Wilbert Hesterberg

Butch, Leigh, Collin & Kylie Ford Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

Sweet Whip! I will always remember how he invitied Bill and I to "just come to Maeystown and sit with me in church". That was his invitation to us to try and get us to find a place to live and become members of St. John United Church of Christ. That was more than 10yrs ago, and we have since moved to Maeystown and become Whip's neighbors. What a delightful relationship it has been. What a wonderful life he has had! He can once again rejoice with Florence, Kathy and Jamie. Until we meet again, Whip!
Sandy and Bill Tutka

Sandy Tutka Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

Whip was such a very special man and he will truly be missed. Our daughter who lives in Chicago was very affected by his kindness. She said when I told her.....that we lost a very special angel.

Carolyn Hesterberg Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

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